Simple Scrumptious Soup!

Ahh, soup! Nothing better and more delicious during all this cold weather!
I realized it’s been awhile since I’ve shared my potato soup recipe but I wanted to bring back and oldie but a goodie with a little bit of a twist.

So, last time I shared my recipe it was my version of a crock-pot potato soup but this time I’m just going for the yummy one pot potato soup that’s really just as simple as my crock-pot version but I believe this one offers up it’s own yummy flavors!

Now, I know I like to share step by step recipes but when I cook at home more times than not a recipe is either not used at all, or I just go by texture, look, and taste instead of measuring out exact amounts but, for the sake of this post I’ll try to give the exact amounts……. or at least really, really close!

Make sure you peel and chop your potatoes before beginning to make the soup or have someone helping you to do this while you get started. Jeremiah is my potato peeler and chopper, he loves to do this job so anytime we have potato soup he knows what his job is!

For starters all you’re going to do is melt some butter I prefer real butter but if all you have is margarine on hand then that’s okay it just has a little bit of difference in flavor. Just add in about 1/4 C. While your butter’s melting go ahead and start cooking your bacon I know I said one-pot meal but on this night I didn’t cook the bacon in the pot but if you do you can certainly use the drippings from the bacon in place of the butter…. YUM!

Once your butter is melted grate in some yummy garlic, and with garlic at least in this house, the more the better!

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Let me also suggest that if you don’t already have a really good quality zester/grater, get one now! It saves so much time and gives you perfectly grated garlic! Also, even though you do have to hold the garlic to grate it, that garlic smell doesn’t stay on your hands like it does when you have to hold it while you’re cutting it and it’s so much easier. I suggest checking out this Best Premium Zester Grater from Smarty Pants Supplies (Isn’t that the cutest name ever!)

Once you get your desired amount of garlic you can also add in 1/2 white onion. I usually don’t add onion because my wonderful hubby doesn’t like the texture of onions but I do absolutely love the flavor and texture they add so I do occasionally have this soup for lunch when it’s just me and the kids.

Your next step is to add flour, now I’m going to be totally honest here I really don’t know any exact measurements on the flour that I really just do go by texture on this one but the basic amount you want to start with is equal to your butter so if you add in 1/4 C. butter add in 1/4 C. flour but the more you make this recipe the more you will learn. You’re just making a roux it gives your soup a great flavor and it also helps to thicken it a bit. I let my roux with the garlic simmer on low/medium for about 2-3 minutes or until the roux starts to turn a light golden brown.

Now, the super easy part, just add in your desired amount of water, I usually add in about 6 cups of water and add in the correct amount of chicken base or you can also use half chicken broth and half water. Then add in your potatoes and bring it to a boil!

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At this point all you’re going to do is let your soup boil for about 2 minutes then simmer for 15 or until your potatoes are soft. Just stir occasionally and at the very end you’re going to add in just a bit of milk or heavy cream depending on the thickness you’re wanting. I usually add in about 1 C. Then, serve the soup and top with bacon and yummy cheese and to complete the meal serve with some delicious dinner rolls! Enjoy!

*I received the grater/zester for free in return for my honest, unbiased review!

 

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Cookware Recovery!

You know what type of cookware is my absolute favorite? Well, okay to be honest I have a few but there’s one type that just stands out to me beyond all the others, living in the South there’s nothing quite like preparing a delicious Southern style meal for my family than using cast iron cookware!

You also know what really, really stinks? When that cookware rusts! Talk about being really upset. Well, I was actually given a beautiful cast iron skillet my Daddy gave this one to me to use and I was so excited but, it was rusted pretty bad. I did my research and decided to finally give what appeared to me the best way a good try, and oh goodness am I glad I did!

So, you may be wondering what I had to do, probably thinking that it took me forever and a ton of money in products to do so because well, to get cast iron back to a good state isn’t easy or cheap right? WRONG! I’m so happy to say that’s wrong! Want to know what I used?

Salt, and a potato!

Yup, that’s it, salt and a sliced potato. Want to know what else, I figured I would be investing probably an hour or more into this project until it was finally looking good. Well, it took me all of 18 minutes from start to finish!

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The steps are so simple, fill the bottom of your cast iron cookware with some salt (no more that 1/4C.) add in a few teaspoons of water, slice your potato in half and get to scrubbing. That’s it! You may have to add in some more salt occasionally but that’s all. Once it looks good and you’ve removed all the rust rinse it off and re-season.

**To re-season just rub your cast iron down with lard set your oven to 375 F, place it in a deep pan upside down (to catch the excess oil) and heat it for 1 hour, after the hour turn the oven off and let the cast iron cookware cool down in the oven.

 

 To watch this process be done by me check out my video and you’ll be ready to fix and re-season your own cast iron cookware! Just Click Here!

 

Little One’s Having Trouble Falling Asleep?


Do you all have little one’s who struggle to get comfy? I know for Jeremiah our oldest he goes to bed at the same time as his sisters but he’s always the last one asleep. Part of it has to do with the fact that he’s all boy and loves to be creative and his creative juices get to flowing a lot at night and he has so many ideas to share.

But, another reason I believe is that he’s been using the same “little kid” pillows for quite a while. The kind that aren’t extremely soft and the stuffing is all bunchy from many night of being slept on and being washed over and over again. So, we tried a new pillow! It’s the Angel Baby Organic Toddler Pillow  (click the link to see how awesome it is for yourself)  From Angel Baby Products! I have to say did I really think there would be a big difference in Jeremiah’s sleeping? Not much but guess what I was really surprised.

My sweet boy who usually takes at least an hour or more to actually fall asleep was asleep within 15 minute! Yes, only 15 minutes, and not only that but he actually woke up in a much better mood than usual. Now, I don’t know if the mood change can be credited to the pillow but I don’t doubt that it helped him get a much better nights sleep which attributed to that good mood. Once I tried this pillow out I just had to share it with you all! Not only is it ventilated so if you’ve got sleepers like mine who like to stuff their faces into their pillows it’s really safe, also the cover is made of organic cotton and there is memory foam on the inside.

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I was so surprised at how soft and lovely the pillow is it feels amazing and we are seriously taking turns sleeping with this pillow because it is so comfy!

 

 

*Disclaimer: I was given this product for free and agreed to do an honest, unbiased review.